Determined Kemboi out to break goal-scoring record

Determined Kemboi out to break goal-scoring record
Wesley Kemboi (L) and Kennedy Otieno of Western Stima FC celebrate Otieno's goal against AFC Leopards SC during their GOtv Shield tournament match at Moi Stadium in Kisumu on August 27, 2016. Western Stima FC won 3-0. Photo Oliver Ananda/Sportpicha.

In Summary

  • Burly Western Stima striker Wesley Kemboi wants to break the long-standing Kenyan Premier League all time goal scorers record jointly held by ex- Gor Mahia great Maurice ‘Sonyi’ Ochieng and former Tusker forward Boniface Ambani.
  • Kemboi whose side regained admission to the KPL a year after being relegated to the National Super League believes if he stays fit he has the real chance of challenging for the coveted individual accolade.
  • As the KPL action resumes this weekend, Kemboi, 31, believes he can not only play an integral part in Stima’s  quest for a good run in the league but also fire on all cylinders.

Burly Western Stima striker Wesley Kemboi wants to break the long-standing Kenyan Premier League all time goal scorers record jointly held by ex- Gor Mahia great Maurice ‘Sonyi’ Ochieng and former Tusker forward Boniface Ambani.

Kemboi whose side regained admission to the KPL a year after being relegated to the National Super League believes if he stays fit he has the real chance of challenging for the coveted individual accolade.

‘Sonyi’ blazed the league scene in 1976 to score 26 goals, a record that was only matched 30 years later when Ambani scored an equal number of goals while turning out for the Ruaraka based giants.

And as the KPL action resumes this weekend, Kemboi, 31, believes he can not only play an integral part in Stima’s  quest for a good run in the league but also fire on all cylinders.

“My aim as a striker is to help the team with the goals. I hope to score in each game that I feature in. That’s the job of a striker but the important thing is to play as a team and remain in the league,” he enthused.

“It’s true that the record has stayed for long but records are set to be broken and  I believe I have what it takes to break the record and set my own,” insisted a confident Kemboi.

Stima will make a return in the league with an away trip at Posta Rangers on Saturday and Kemboi believes they have learned their lessons the hard way in the NSL, an experience he says they would want to avoid at any cost.

“We will take one game at a time and treat each game as a final because we don’t want to experience the pain of being relegated again…

He went on: “It’s every player’s dream to play in the top flight and we are glad our hard work in the NSL earned us a promotion so we have to fight to avoid the drop again.”

Having earned a call up in the national soccer team Harambee Stars in 2012 under the late French coach Henri Michel, the speedy forward believes he still has something to offer for the Stars ahead of next year’s African Cup of Nations finals (AFCON).

“I have never given up on earning a place in the national team; no position in the team is permanent for any particular player; it is the hard work that will earn you a spot in the team.

“If I stay fit and score many goals I’m sure I might be part of the team that will board the plane to AFCON 2019,” Kemboi confidently enchanted.

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